University of Illinois at Chicago Admissions

UIC ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Courtyard Student Residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Courtyard Student Residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( more photos). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of Illinois at Chicago is generally accessible. Its admission rate is around three out of four applicants and admitted students tended to have average or better SAT/ACT scores and grades that were at least in the "B" range. The university uses the Common Application and applicants will need to respond to one of the essay options as well as a UIC specific short essay about your academic interests. Applicants to the Honors College as well as Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions applicants will need to submit an additional essay as well as two letters of recommendation.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for UIC
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480 / 580
    • SAT Math: 510 / 655
    • SAT Writing: 480 / 590
    • ACT Composite: 21 / 27
    • ACT English: 21 / 28
    • ACT Math: 21 / 27

The University of Illinois at Chicago Description

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public university located on three urban campuses in Chicago. UIC ranks well among the nation's research universities. The university is perhaps best known for its medical school, but it also has much to offer undergraduates including a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. In athletics, the UIC Flames compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. The soccer and baseball teams have met with a lot of success in recent years.

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Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 29,120 (17,959 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,664 (in-state); $26,520 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,342
  • Other Expenses: $3,628
  • Total Cost: $30,034 (in-state); $42,890 (out-of-state)

The University of Illinois at Chicago Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 71%
    • Loans: 44%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,508
    • Loans: $6,133

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Criminal Justice, Finance, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 31%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track, and Field, Basketball, Gymnastics

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

The University of Illinois at Chicago Mission Statement:

"UIC's mission is:

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
  • To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
  • To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities."